Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Summoner by Layton Green


FirstWard Publishing

Release Date:
December 2010

A former American consulate, William Addison, mysteriously disappears during a religious ceremony in Zimbabwe, Africa. A Diplomatic Security special agent, Dominic Grey is assigned to investigate the situation and, hopefully, bring Addison home alive. He is forced to work with a local law enforcement agent, Zya Mashumba, who is not happy to have an American officer in her territory, not to mention she has a few secrets of her own.

Grey is stunned to discover that Addison might have been involved with a religious cult which practices sacrificing both animals and humans in the cruelest way possible. A religious phenomenologist, Viktor Radek, is called upon to assist in the search. Grey can’t believe his eyes when he watches one of the religious ceremonies and sees the unbelievable. When he begins receiving threats and Zya goes missing, it’s a race against the clock for Grey to find out who is behind these horrible events.

This is the first book in the Dominic Grey series and what a start it is! Talk about a book that will transport you to another world, this one does just that. Africa comes to life in this blockbuster book. This is truly a captivating novel that will keep readers on the edge-of-the-chair. The characters are a mixture of sympathetic, realistic and some that are truly vile. It’s an intense and sometimes disturbing look at pure evil, with a psychological twist thrown in. The excitement travels from page to page and this is one story that will stick with you way after you turn that last page.

Warning: There is quite a bit of violence in this book so it’s not for the feint of heart. The scenes all fit into the context of the story, but it might not be for everyone.

The second book in this series “The Egyptian” will be released August 27th as an ebook, with a paperback edition released a few months later. For the release weekend only, it will be on sale for only 99 cents as an ebook. “The Summoner” will also be on sale for 99 cents. That’s a steal!

I was so taken with this book that I’m giving it five kitties, plus my Socrates’ Great Book Alert Award.

FTC Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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